Originally Posted by Dockhand
Again looking at a different boat. Some I have found have generators, which at times could come handy, I know I could go with solar too.
Question, is a generator
a must have for cruising up or down the East coast
, or is solar the way to go?
We have a 4.2KW generator installed for the purpose of running our 16K air conditioning
and charging batteries
while we're "on the hook". However, unless one is in a very sheltered location where there isn't much air flow, open hatches/ports generally keep the boat quite comfortable, even in the summer months. Accordingly, we generally only run the genny for a few hours in the late afternoon to cool the boat down, top up the batteries and run the water heater
for awhile. Fortunately, our generator is in an efficient sound shield so one cannot hear it over the sound of the fan on the air conditioner within the boat and, on deck, from about amidships and forward. In the cockpit
one just hears the muted drone and often not that if the cockpit
stereo speakers are on.
Having offered the foregoing, now having had a generator for 15 years, I would probably not repeat the exercise if given a "do-over" although my (much) better half surely would. If you are not diligent about maintenance the darned things can be a costly, temper mental, addition to your kit.